CityBeat - City Desk http://www.citybeat.com/cincinnati/articles.sec-238-1-city_desk.html <![CDATA[Proposal: Give Mount Auburn Park $5 Million Revamp - ]]>

Two members of Cincinnati City Council would like to spend $9 million to revamp a 20-acre park in Mount Auburn while also improving the surrounding area, especially along nearby Auburn Avenue.

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<![CDATA[Marijuana Legalization Effort Moves Forward - ]]>

A controversial effort to legalize the growth and sale of marijuana is one step closer to the November ballot.

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<![CDATA[Supreme Court Sets Date to Hear Ohio Same-Sex Marriage Suit - ]]>

The U.S. Supreme Court has scheduled a hearing that will decide the fate of same-sex marriage bans in Ohio and three other states.

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<![CDATA[State Task Force on Policing Wraps Up in Cincinnati - ]]>

John Crawford, Jr., the father of a 22-year-old killed by Beavercreek Police in a Walmart in August, told a statewide task force visiting Cincinnati March 8 that he is still struggling with his son’s death and that he believes some police officers “just want to shoot.”

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<![CDATA[Council Poised to Pass New Non-Breed-Specific Dog Ordinance - ]]>

After high-profile dog attacks over the past year, Cincinnati City Council is poised to pass a new law aimed at encouraging responsible pet ownership without restricting breeds like pit bulls that have been the targets of past breed-specific ordinances. 

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<![CDATA[Cleveland: Unarmed 12-Year-Old Responsible for His Own Death - ]]>

The family of Tamir Rice, the 12-year-old boy shot by the Cleveland Police Department in November, is up in arms after the City of Cleveland last week said in a court filing that the unarmed boy was responsible for his own death.

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<![CDATA[County Commissioners: No to Mount Airy Morgue, Crime Lab - ]]>

Hamilton County Commissioners announced Feb. 23 that they do not intend to continue pursuing a plan to move the county’s morgue, crime lab and other offices to the former Mercy Hospital in Mount Airy.

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<![CDATA[Attorney General Rejects Initial Weed Legalization Language - ]]>

An effort to legalize marijuana in Ohio hit an obstacle Feb. 23 as Attorney General Mike DeWine rejected an early draft of a legalization group’s potential ballot initiative.

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<![CDATA[3CDC Plan Would Bring 21 New Liquor Licenses Downtown - ]]>

A plan proposed by the Cincinnati Center City Development Corporation and backed by most members of City Council and Mayor John Cranley could pave the way for as many as 21 new liquor licenses downtown.

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<![CDATA[Big Democrat Fundraiser Backs Sittenfeld for U.S. Senate - ]]>

A major Cincinnati fundraiser for the Democratic Party has put his backing behind current City Councilman P.G. Sittenfeld in his run for the U.S. Senate.

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<![CDATA[Ohio House Continues Fight Against Common Core - ]]>

The Ohio House of Representatives passed a bill Feb. 11 that would allow students to advance to the next grade level regardless of their results on Common Core tests this year.

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<![CDATA[Dem Chair Slams Hartmann’s “Luxury” Crime Lab Comment - ]]>

Hamilton County Commissioner Greg Hartmann ruffled feathers Feb. 5 when he called Hamilton County’s crime lab “a luxury item.” Now Democrats are firing back at the assertion.

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<![CDATA[Proposal Would Put Three Marijuana Farms in Greater Cincinnati - ]]>

If an effort by a pro-marijuana group is successful, three of 10 proposed indoor marijuana farms would end up in Greater Cincinnati.

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<![CDATA[UC Hosts White House Task Force Sessions on Police Reform - ]]>

The University of Cincinnati hosted the White House Task Force on 21st Century Policing Jan. 30 and 31, bringing together experts from across the country to discuss ways policing might change.

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<![CDATA[Kasich Budget Proposal: Slash Income Tax, Raise Sales Tax - ]]>

Gov. John Kasich is touting half a million dollars in tax cuts in his new budget proposal, but Ohio’s tax scheme could get more regressive if state lawmakers take up the proposed budget.

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<![CDATA[Study: Income Inequality Rising in Ohio - ]]>

Ohio’s top 1 percent of earners make 21 times more than the other 99 percent of earners in Ohio, according to a study released by the Economic Policy Institute, a left-leaning think tank based in Washington, D.C.

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<![CDATA[Ohio AG DeWine Files Suit Over Obamacare Fees - ]]>

The state of Ohio, lead by Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, filed a lawsuit in federal district court against the federal government Jan. 26 over fees associated with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) paid by state and local governments.

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<![CDATA[CCV Pushes for Removal of Flynt Adult Store Billboard - ]]>

Conservative group Citizens for Community Values is seeking the removal of a billboard next to I-71 that it says is obscene.

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<![CDATA[Requiem Project Files New Suit Against UC over Emery Theatre - ]]>

The nonprofit Requiem Project filed a new lawsuit Jan. 14 against the University of Cincinnati over the right to renovate the long-neglected Emery Theatre in Over-the-Rhine.

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<![CDATA[US Supreme Court to Hear Ohio Gay Marriage Case - ]]>

The U.S. Supreme Court announced Jan. 16 that it will hear arguments about gay marriage bans in Ohio and three other states this spring, lining up what could be a precedent-setting legal battle over the bans.

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